Gaping Void Widget

Written by + on October 29, 2006 under Uncategorized

From Hug MacLeod’s Gaping Void Blog:
hug macleod's cartoon
(This image has been taken from the Gaping Void blog, a creation of Hugh MacLeod. This is posted only for the sake of showing you a sample of his work. For more, please check out his blog.)

Are you a fan of Gaping Void? You know, those witty cartoons drawn at the back of business cards… If you are, then get this widget by Paul Farnell. It’s really nifty and easy to use. You just have to go to the widget page and select the size you prefer. These are the available widths:
100px
150px
200px
300px
400px

Check out the measurement of your blog’s sidebar before deciding to use any of these sizes. Or if you think that you’d like to use a bigger sized image, go ahead and select a bigger one. Just don’t forget to change your blog’s layout so that there wouldn’t be much conflict in terms of sizes. Check out the different sizes on this page. Just so you are really sure about how it would look like on your blog.

If you also prefer that your blog would only show those cartoons without the adult language, you could also do that by checking that box just above the javascript that you have to cut and paste on your blog. Looks easy? It is!

About Gaping Void
These are cartoons made by Hugh MacLeod. He is a marketing and blogging consultant for Stormhoek. Aside from the consulting gig with Stormhoek, Hugh MacLeod also has consulting gigs with Thingamy and The English Cut. It just so happens that he really enjoys drawing and sharing these witty cartoons on the internet. As such, the widget is indeed one more way that he could do that.

About Paul Farnell and Salted
Paul Farnell is from Salted, a group of freelancers who give you affordable blog design and such related services. If you really want to be like a blogging pro, it’s time to check them out.

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Going the Widget Way in WordPress MU

Written by + on October 27, 2006 under Software

WordPress

If you are using WordPress MU on your blog so that you and your friends could have fun blogging and sharing the costs of the hosting and domain, you sure could also have fun with WordPress widgets! Blogging doesn’t have to be routine or boring. This is especially for those of you who are into blogging about your businesses. You could be a social butterfly on your blog so that you could a truckload of readers!

In any case, you could go use widgets in WordPress MU. One of the sites that I have personally used and seen have widgets there. It is actually the site I accidentally got into, thanks to DrMike. Anyhow, if you are interested in using the widgets plugin, just follow this discussion.

You basically have to install the widget plugin and activate it. Without the activation, it is practically nothing. You have to make sure it’s running just fine. You could test it soon after so that you know what it is like to have all these possibilities. Sometimes you might miss out on different details.

An example of a site using WordPress MU and doesn’t seem to have much trouble with the widgets, could be found in anywhere. One of them is daria.be. The different widgets are already on the server. They are just waiting for someone to play with them widgets, meaning to select them and make sure that there are no ways to weasel out of it. You could simply let it be for a while. Who knows? You might even be the master contractor? :)

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Monitor Your Blog Via the mon.itor.us Widget!

Written by + on October 25, 2006 under Software

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There’s this awesome service called mon.itor.us. What it does is basically monitor a site’s uptime and downtime. If you are concerned about that, especially if you find it a critical need to make sure that your blog is up and running. If you have a lot of readers visiting your blog, this is very important! Of course, having downtime is really terrible in the sense that it is inconvenient for you too. if you have not experienced downtime yourself, that’s good for you. For those who have, you know how it feels to get emails wondering what happened to your blog, if your site is already permanently gone. There are so many hassles.

mon.itor.us to the rescue!

Good thing it is a free service! Hooray! If you don’t have an account on mon.itor.us yet, it’s time for you to sign up. ;)

And there’s even a widget for it

The Open Source Initiative site released a WordPress widget that allows you to monitor the performance of particular sites. All you have to do is install the widget and configure it to show the snapshot of your site’s performance. Your blog could definitely use this widget because it is a very handy one. Now who says you have to be on mon.itor.us to check on your blog’s performance, right? Isn’t this simply awesome? You could be more and more of a pro when it comes to maintaining your blog with this. ;) Now if there was an easy to use tool or service to find out if someone is trying to hack into your site, then that would be really nifty!

If you find this widget nifty, you could download it here. Also, you could give a hat tip to the people at the Open Source Initiative blog.

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Hooked on to Social Bookmarking? Try This Widget to Spread the Love!

Written by + on October 19, 2006 under Software

bookmarkIf you are hooked on to social bookmarking and you like tagging all sorts of blog entries and sites, you might as well do it on your own WordPress powered-blog. You could have a way for people to tag your entries on their favorite social bookmarking service by using the Social Bookmarks Sidebar Widget on your blog. If it is on the front page of your blog, it allows your reader to bookmark your blog. If it is on a particular page or blog entry, it would bookmark that particular page or blog entry.

Requirements:
WordPress 2.0+
WordPress Widgets Plugin

Download links:
The Social Bookmarks Sidebar Widget – zip file
The Social Bookmarks Sidebar Widget – targz file

Inspirations of the widget:
Bookmarkit for Typo
WordPress Widget Example by Kaf Under

Similar to:
Sociable plugin for WordPress.

Notes on using this widget:
This is a widget you could use so that you could spread the presence of these social bookmarking services since people who will go to your blog will see the different icons. You don’t have to provide ways to interface with ALL the supported social bookmarking sites. Your blog has to be mainly about your content and not just about these other services. In short, choose your bookmarking service well. No need to get them all. If you are a user of these particular services, choose them. Or if you have a lot of readers using something else, give them the way to tag your entry.

Tagging is fun. Combine that with blogging and you get this! Spread the love.

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Collection Widget… from Squirl

Written by + on October 17, 2006 under Software

squirlSquirl is this cataloging service online. Whatever your collection of things is, you could catalog them all here. Be it action figures, your books, your trinkets, catalog and share them online ;)

It requires that you have a Squirl account, of course. Signing up is easy and quick so you could begin adding your collection here if you are not yet a Squirl user.

There are two versions of the widget. One for WordPress and one javascript version. If you are a WordPress user, you could use any of them. If not, stick with the Javascript one. They are both customizable anyway. It’s probably better to use the WordPress widget version for WordPress users though. So you could make it look more like a part of your blog. You might find the look of the ones generated by the Javascript as too limited.

This widget is so fun to use because you could even show the images of the things in your collection. It could be the weirdest set of toys you have or the gifts you have received over the years. You could keep yourself organized this way. For those who have been using Library Thing and were wishing something similar for their other collections, this is a really cool service and to be able to blog them stuff in your collection automatically on your sidebar is even better, right? ;)

Excited to use this widget? Go download it and share with everyone your mug collection, CDs of games, or your favorite household tools.

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Promote Political and Social Awareness with the Irrepressible Text Widget

Written by + on October 9, 2006 under Software

Amnesty International logoAre you into political and social causes? Have you heard of Amnesty International? Would you like more people to be more aware of what things are going on around the world? If you answered yes to all of the questions cited above, you are probably going to like this Irrespressible Fragment from Pie Palace.

It’s easy to use. Just do the following:
Download the Irrepressible Fragment widget.
Unpack/unzip the file and upload that to the wp-content/plugins directory of your blog.
Activate it on the Plugin panel.
Go to the Presentation menu and click on Sidebar widgets so that you could drag and drop it on the sidebar.
Configure it.
Save the changes.

You could configure it by selecting the size of the box that will appear on your sidebar. It is best that you check the width of your blog theme’s sidebar first before you activate the widget. If the smallest one doesn’t fit your blog you might have to adjust the widths of your divs so it won’t be problematic.

The news about the different situations in the countries with repressive governments do not need to be kept in secret. With this plugin, not only are you updated, you also make other people around you more aware of things outside of themselves. Also, this plugin shows you that as humans we could certainly be cruel to our fellow human beings because of the different horrible things you could on this widget. Not that I am stopping anyone from using it. Just turn off your imagination a bit so that it wouldn’t make weird judgment on things.

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Oh! Look at the Time! A clock widget

Written by + on October 7, 2006 under Uncategorized

clockDoes that sound familiar? For those who love reading blogs and blog-hopping every once in a while, you know that you get to enjoy it too much that you forget about the time. Sometimes you simply decide to toss productivity out of the window but still—you have to make sure that you get your tasks done.

If you are such a person (like the one described above) and you know that your blog readers might be enjoying themselves too much, why don’t you give them a clock widget? After all it is big enough for them to see it on your page. And the eye of the reader is already on the page so he/she doesn’t really have to look at the computer’s taskbar for the time.

What you can customize on this widget:

  • location – Select your time zone! Whether you are traveling around the world or mainly staying in one time zone for practically all your life, you could change the settings for that on your clock ;)

  • size – the smallest is 50×50, the largest is 300×300

  • color – Hexadecimal colors here.

As always, when it comes to widgets, you need to make sure first that you have the widgets plugin active on your blog. If not, download that first so you could make use of this cool and simple to use clock widget.

Download the clock widget here.

This clock widget has been brought to you by opensourceinitiative.net. This may or may not be affiliated with the Open Source Initiative (OSI). In any case, the source code is available for you geeks and geek-wannabes so get it now!

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Google Gadgets and Your Blog

Written by + on October 5, 2006 under Software

Google Hangman!There are so many Google Gadgets out there and you could actually post them on your blog! What you have to make sure, though, is that the Google gadget of your choice will fit your sidebar. If you go to the Google Gadgets site, you will see how many pixels each gadget would occupy because there are previews to each gadget that you would actually like to use.

Take for example the Hangman gadget. It is a game that you could put on your blog so that your blog has extra entertainment value. It wouldn’t be quite like those funky MMORPGs some of your friends or blog visitors might be used to but it’s a classic game and the lure of it is something others might not be able to resist ;)

Anyhow, try taking a look at it. You could configure the gadget’s theme colors to match your blog and you could even change the size. There is a preview box so you could really see how it would look like with all the choices you have made on it.

Other interesting Google Gadgets would include: Free Text Messages, PacMan (Yes! There is actually a PacMan gadget for those who love this game.), Mindmaster (think of the game Mastermind), Google Calendar View (this one is quite useful), Feedburner (your RSS stats), date and time gadget. There are really geeky Google Gadgets—just check them out. It really depends on what you would like to share with your blog readers or what you would love to look at and use on your blog. There are really nifty stuff there.

All you have to do is simply choose, decide on how it would look like and get the code to be pasted on your blog :D

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Share Your Flickr Profile the Funky Way

Written by + on October 3, 2006 under Software

flickr logoAre you a Flickr user? There was a widget for WordPress that allowed sharing of images on your blog’s sidebar. It is a nifty plugin that you could easily configure to your liking on WordPress. This time, let’s take a look at a Flickr profile widget for your blog. (This applies to both WordPress and non-WordPress users, especially those who are thinking of making the switch or have recently switched to WordPress.)

BigHugeLabs has released this widget that we could all use. What you basically have to do is go to the URL where you could get this Flickr Profile Widget. You could either make a widget for your personal account or your group’s account. As long as you could enter the Username, email address or user ID of the person who is in charge, you would be fine.

Show the interesting ones!

Yes, you could do that because it is one of the options. Aside from that, you could also do it randomly. It really depends on you and how you would like others to see yourself. It could be so random that one time you see your travel photos and another time you’d see all those pictures of your children.

Tweak them colors!

You could have whatever colors you would like them to have. After all, your blog is different from my blog and so on. It is as if you are painting your house. Select your blog’s background and text colors. You should easily be able to decide on those things. You basically use your color scheme for consistency’s sake!

Styles

There are three different styles: horizontal, vertical and compact. If you don’t want it to occupy too much space, as if it’s just a button, use the compact one. It would be really cute!

The nice thing about this widget is that you could preview it before getting the code. Then if you’re already set on it, paste it on your blog ;)

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